BOCA RATON, Fla. – The seventh-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team began their march through the Sunshine State Conference Championships as the second-seeded Lions defeated the No. 7 seed Florida Tech Panthers, 5-1 in the quarterfinal round at South County Regional Park on Thursday afternoon.
The Lions (16-4) swept through doubles with the No. 2 tandem of Emily Singleton and Laura Kemkes as well as the top duo of Maria Benkirane and Pauline Helgesson handling their competitors from Florida Tech (14-9) with ease. It was the No. 3 doubles matchup featuring Coralie Pesenti and Adrianna Daszkiewicz that was the closest at 8-5.
On the singles' side, Kristina Huba, ranked fifth in the nation, managed a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 for the Panthers' only win of the match. Benkirane and Phoebe Di Leo managed to sweep their FIT opponents at the Nos. 4 and 6 sports respectively to reach the required five points for the match win.
With the victory, the Lions will advance for a rematch with No. 3 seed Lynn University on Friday morning in the semifinal round. The two teams met earlier in the season at the Saint Leo Tennis Center with the Lions pulling off the 5-4 upset over the then-second ranked Fighting Knights. It was the first win Saint Leo had ever managed over Lynn in SSC history. The match is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m.
#7 Saint Leo 5, #20 Florida Tech 1
04/18/13 at Boca Raton, Fla. (South County Regional Park)
|1. #5 Kristina Huba (FTW) def. #37 Coralie Pesenti (SLW) 6-1, 6-1|
|2. Pauline Helgesson (SLW) vs. Stephanie Dohner (FTW) 6-3, 0-2, unfinished|
|3. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) vs. Chloe Chanley (FTW) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished|
|4. Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Katie Close (FTW) 6-1, 6-0|
|5. Emily Singleton (SLW) vs. Charlotte Fahnehjelm (FTW) 6-1, 2-3, unfinished|
|6. Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) def. Abbey Keister (FTW) 6-0, 6-4|
|1. Maria Benkirane/Pauline Helgesson (SLW) def. Kristina Huba/Stephanie Dohner (FTW) 8-4|
|2. Emily Singleton/Laura Kemkes (SLW) def. Abbey Keister/Charlotte Fahnehjelm (FTW) 8-2|
|3. Coralie Pesenti/Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Chloe Chanley/Katie Close (FTW) 8-5|
|Florida Tech 14-9; National ranking #20; Regional ranking #8|
|Saint Leo 16-4; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #3|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (,4,1,6)|
|SSC Women's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal|